A notorious Zimbabwean suspect who is said to have for a long time been on the Botswana police’s list of most wanted criminals is struggling for his life at the Princess Marina Hospital after he was shot by security agents last week.
The Zimbabwean national was on Friday tottering on the brink of death at the hospital’s surgery unit where doctors were struggling to remove bullets from his body.
The suspect was allegedly shot after a confrontation with the police in Block 8. It is further understood that the suspect is a known armed robbery specialist.
Speaking to The Sunday Standard on Friday afternoon, the Public Relations officer of the Botswana Police, Assistant Commissioner Christopher Mbulawa, said, “Our mandate is to arrest and bring the suspects before the court of law as well as to protect the nation.”
He added that security agents are not killers but rather protectors of the nation.
“While we occasionally kill criminal suspects in shoot outs, our intention is never to take anyone’s life,” he said.
Mbulawa also said that they only shoot suspects when they are known to be armed, which is usually a last resort.
“We all know that armed robbers are in most cases well armed. It is the responsibility of the police to protect themselves when apprehending such dangerous suspects,” he said.
He also said that the police usually engage in vigorous investigations after a shoot out to establish if their officers were not in the wrong.
“The crime situation in Botswana is worsening by the day, and it is the responsibility of the police to ensure that such a situation is reversed. Our officers are also in danger of losing their lives. Only last week, a 39-year-old special constable was shot and injured by unknown criminals during an armed robbery that occurred at Choppies in Tlokweng, in which a sum of P14 000 was stolen.” he said.